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Another great Eve Dallas story. This one is lighter (less gruesomely explicit) than some have been, with great moments of humor. I'd say though that this is one that that doesn't stand alone as well, but leans on several of the others, so it's not a good one to start with if you're unfamiliar with the series. There are direct references in particular to Glory in Death, Portrait in Death, and even Devoted in Death that figure significantly in understanding the story. Nice character relationship moments; they really have settled together into a family. As always, Susan Ericksen delivers them to us with skill. If you're already a fan of the series, I predict you'll enjoy this book. If you're new to it, don't start with this one. You won't appreciate the character moments if you haven't traveled with them a while to get here.
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This is book 45 in the series and Robb has not repeated a story. She also changes the formula from time to time to keep the reader engaged. This book is a bit of a change just to keep things exciting. I am amazed that Robb’s Death Series is still as exciting and fresh as in the beginning. It is a rare author that can achieve this longevity. The main thing I like about Robb is her fascinating characters. She has a large array of them in this series and brings different ones out to fit the story. In this case, Eve Dallas meets with Dr. Garnet DeWinter, the forensic anthropologist, who works at the city morgue. They are meeting at a new restaurant called Du Vin (no big surprise we find out that Roarke, Eve’s husband owns the place) for lunch when gossip columnist Larinda Mars arrives and then collapses. Garnet and Eve try to save her but she dies. Eve decides she was murdered and the team is on the case.
I started reading this series years ago because it was set in the future about 2060 or so in New York City. I was curious as to how the author would see the future, what stays the same, what is very different, how does technology, automobiles etc. evolve. I found Robb’s future quite intriguing. Eva Dallas is a tough, cool-headed, competent detective. I like stories about strong women. This is a slower paced investigative type story and the reader gets the clues at the same time Dallas does. Great fun trying to figure out “who dun it”.
The book is about thirteen hours long. Susan Ericksen does a great job narrating the book. She has been the only narrator for this series. Ericksen is an actress, writer, linguist and is married to David Colacci another well-known audiobook narrator. Ericksen has won the Audie and numerous Earphone awards. For the audiobook narrator the Audie is equivalent to winning the Oscar or the Tony.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Classic With all the main players involved. Cheesy as always but I am totally addicted and always gutted when I get to the end
Forty-five books down the line and and I am still buying the In Death series books. Shouldn't it have waned by now? But the thing is, I still look forward to it every year. I like the way their lives evolved and its like meeting old friends again. Once a year. A lot of the scenes are unrealistic of course, something that would only happen in a book but never in real life, so why is it so easy to suspend disbelief? The only answer I could find to that, is that the author has a way of telling things and weaving a story that makes it easy for readers to believe in it. It's masterful story telling quality! And that probably also explains the staying power of this series. However, this particular book seems to have a... just slightly... a tiny tinee... predictable villain. Or maybe I am just reading too many In Death books...
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 2 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Never let you down reading the death series by D J Robb. As good as always.
Loved the book. Well done with the development of familiar characters and a unique story.